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cmiVFX
03-15-2012, 02:04 PM
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cmiVFX Releases
LightWave 11 New Features Series Volume 1: Flicker Free Global Illumination in Animation
High Definition Training Videos for the Visual Effects Industry

Princeton, NJ (March 15th, 2012) cmiVFX has released their first video in a series that will feature each of the new features of present in LightWave 11. With such an impressive set of features new to a single release, where do we begin? LightWave's New Render Engine: Flicker Free Global Illumination in Animation. Wouldn't we all love to bask in the smoothness that is GI for all of our animation? While the long render times may not stop its use, the FLICKER that goes hand-in-hand with GI is often a deal breaker. A trial and error approach to GI setup is not efficient nor cost effective. Today, we aim to offer a solution to both FLICKER and the WORKFLOW that makes Global Illumination a viable option. All this is possible only because of Newtek's LightWave 11 impressive feature set and the brilliant mind of RebelHill's own Craig Monins.

Free Additional Lesson
As a primer to GI with animation, Craig "RebelHill" monins, has released "Global Illumination Rendering" on youtube. This free 45 minute lesson will introduce you to many of the core concepts needed to follow his Flicker Elimination Courseware.
--> LINK (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YFZ2av-BLg) <--

Short Description - Flicker Hides In The Shadows
Offered for your consideration is a new approach to controlling flicker in animation while using global illumination. This approach relies on the new render engine present within version eleven (v11) of Newtek LightWave. Furthermore, this approach is presented in a manner that can be applied to any scene in which you might consider Global Illumination. Not only will we demonstrate the elimination of flicker in a single scene, but we will teach you to find it in any scene. Lastly RebelHill will take LightWave beyond its intended design, using a render pass and compositing approach to kill flicker as an alternative workflow.
Hereafter you will be able to offer a predictable and reliable GI option to your art department. After proof of concept renders, you will be able to calculate your render farm costs and trust in a consistent
quality level for your production grade projects.


NOTICE TO VIEWERS:

This video introduces Newtek LightWave to the cmiVFX family. We are proud to announce a partnership with the LightWave Team. Together we will bring the best and brightest mentors to illuminate industry secrets and highlight the features that will make your CG work the best it can be.

Here at cmiVFX we maintain a current training library for the latest versions of popular software titles. When it comes to high end CG and VFX training, there is only once choice... cmiVFX!
Dont forget about the cmiSubscription plan! Get one today. cmiVFX launched the most affordable subscription plan in Visual FX Training History for only $299 USD, and if you were a subscriber, this New Training Release would already be in your account. This video is also available a-la-cart in our brand new HTML5 player system.

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http://www.cmivfx.com/tutorials/view/440/Lightwave+Flicker+Free+Animated+Radiosity

Chapter Descriptions

Intro
In the introductions we look at the scenes and problems we will be approaching and cover the basic need to knows that you will need to follow the training.

Hunting Flicker
To begin with we need to understand where the flicker comes from in animated renders. Understanding the source and cause of flicker is the key to eliminating it. We also cover here the very quick and simple process for animating camera only motion.

One Bounce Diagnostics
Here we learn how to find the flicker threshold for a given scene with advanced animation (lights, objects, deformations). We start out by examining what happens when using a single bounce (ray). In this way we can nail down the basic settings with a simple approach to begin hounding out flicker from our animated renders.

Jumping Jacks - Multiple Bounces
In this part we move onto working with multiple bounces, and understanding the similarities and differences from single bounce situations. With this covered we pick through some of the settings that can help us to optimize our scene for improved render times.

Beyond The Event Horizon
Finally, we take a look at some of the black magic tricks that can be employed to speed up our renders even further, or improve quality within the same amount of time. We look at both the dark arts in LightWave itself that can help "trick" it into evaluating things differently, and at some simple post (compositing) tricks that we can pull off with the help of render passes or buffers taken from our scene.

Mentor Biography
Craig (aka RebelHill) Monins, well known Lightwave artist and software developer. Craig is widely known for his LightWave auto-rigging toolset "RHiggit!". Craig is considered by some as a foremost authority in the use of LightWave and specifically its rigging for animation. Craig can be found lurking about in his little corner of the internet at http://www.rebelhill.net/

Project Contents
All cmiVFX videos come with all the training materials you can need right from our website. No matter what time of day, your location, or how your feeling, cmiVFX will be there waiting for you!

This video is available today at the cmiVFX Store: http://store.cmivfx.com/

Note From Chris Maynard, (Owner and Operator of the Global cmiVFX Enterprise)

This is our first Lightwave video in our ever fast growing arsenal of hard to find information. I am pleased to bring training to all of those who have been waiting for cmiVFX to make training for their favorite applications. We will not rest.. ..EVER! We appreciate your business as well as collaboration in making these feature length training videos. If you would like to see more of any type of subject, please email [email protected] with your detailed feature request list.

About cmiVFX
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2012 cmiVFX | cmiStudios. All rights reserved.

archijam
03-15-2012, 02:12 PM
Great stuff, cmi! :D

I have been following your amazing Houdini training for some time .. impressive stuff!

Very professional and a fantastic 'partner' in the cgi training industry!

speismonqui
03-15-2012, 04:17 PM
"We are proud to announce a partnership with the LightWave Team."

way to go NT and LW! yeah and CMI as well.

congratulations to us all!!! and Rebel... what can I say? you're the BEST!

cmiVFX
03-15-2012, 04:25 PM
"We are proud to announce a partnership with the LightWave Team."

way to go NT and LW! yeah and CMI as well.

congratulations to us all!!! and Rebel... what can I say? you're the BEST!

rob's the best. i can't wait to show you what is coming this year.

lightwave will dominate 2012!

50one
03-15-2012, 04:30 PM
Was just going to post the news here, but you beat me to it, good stuff man. Will add to my videos somewhere over the weekend.

Best,
Simon

RebelHill
03-15-2012, 04:34 PM
Yes...

The fellas at CMI came looking for someone to help them dip their toe in the LW waters, and found me... Ofc, I was very pleased to see that someone new was interested in getting involved in LW, can only help to spread the word and so on, so I was definitely up for joining in and doing something toward that end... Im sure there's others round these parts who are more than capable of doing the same (afterall, its not like I know EVERYTHING... not even close, lol).

I forget the precise details of that first discussion, but it went something along the lines of "We dont really know anything about LW, but we've seen some GREAT renders come out of it"... As such after much chatting we got round to settling on GI as the topic they'd like to start out with... and here it all is.

But anyway, Im sure there's LOADS of stuff here for folks that'll really help to get to grips with GI in LW... some of the tricks for animated stuff are particularly interesting I think (and tbh, Im not sure that some of them are actually designed to be used that way, but hey... they work brilliantly).

And ofc... dont forget to check out the FREE intro vid that gives the heads up on the controls of the GI system, and basically doing lots of clever and fun stuff with stills.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YFZ2av-BLg

Cheers.

souzou
03-15-2012, 05:53 PM
This is great news, some really good exposure for LW! (and from a purely personal perspective, because I already have a cmi subscription so LW training is an unexpected bonus)

Well done Rob, Craig and cmi! :thumbsup:

OnlineRender
03-15-2012, 06:09 PM
Damn that's sexy !

zarti
03-15-2012, 06:33 PM
Congrats Rebel !!

Congrats CMI ! , for having both Rebel and finally The LW ..





.cheers

Cageman
03-15-2012, 06:57 PM
Just awesome! :) Way to go, NT and Rebell! :) oh, and of course cmiVFX. :)

djwaterman
03-15-2012, 08:00 PM
Oh finally, a walk through of how to use animated GI, thankyou thankyou, when I get 11 I'll get this too.

Netvudu
03-15-2012, 09:16 PM
Im a happy owner of quite a few Houdini videos from CmiVFX and all of them are top notch. With such a great election for a first LW video, both in topic and lecturer, one can only expect very nice things incoming.

Julez4001
03-15-2012, 10:46 PM
rob's the best. i can't wait to show you what is coming this year.

lightwave will dominate 2012!



GET GERADO TO DO A MULTIPASS LESSON.

We need a Turbelence for LW and a BULLET/FRACTURE/INSTANCING series with movie-like demostrations. Like recreating a shot from Transformers III

lertola2
03-15-2012, 11:40 PM
This is an excellent tutorial at a great price.
-Joe

allabulle
03-16-2012, 12:15 AM
Do we actually buy and download the tutorial or we need to be on-line to watch once we've bought the video? I took a glance at the website but I didn't pay attention to the matter.

renderwerx
03-16-2012, 01:22 AM
Your Browser is not supported at this time. We can't guarantee all features. Please use Google Chrome for Windows, Chrome for Mac, or Safari for Mac.


huh...??????

the old thing again... I thought we passed those days of web browser battlefields
get on with it that there are IE, FireFox...etc...

you are onto a loser with that attitude
I'm not gonna buy from you

50one
03-16-2012, 01:31 AM
Your Browser is not supported at this time. We can't guarantee all features. Please use Google Chrome for Windows, Chrome for Mac, or Safari for Mac.


huh...??????

the old thing again... I thought we passed those days of web browser battlefields
get on with it that there are IE, FireFox...etc...

you are onto a loser with that attitude
I'm not gonna buy from you


Agree, that thing is bit annoying and somewhat reminds the old days, but i suppose that is because cmi website is html5 which isn't really widely supported in most browsers, at least not all the fancy stuff, I'm using opera and it works just fine.

Dexter2999
03-16-2012, 01:50 AM
I really miss just plain ol' html pages. I just need the info, not the bells and whistles.

Can't avoid it nowdays though. Went though this even with the Newtek site.

ksnoad
03-16-2012, 02:57 AM
This is brilliant news.

More!!!! ;)

Kev xx

omichon
03-16-2012, 03:58 AM
Great news ! Congrats RH and CMI :)

OlaHaldor
03-16-2012, 04:07 AM
Do we actually buy and download the tutorial or we need to be on-line to watch once we've bought the video? I took a glance at the website but I didn't pay attention to the matter.

Unfortunately it looks like it's a "stream from their website" kind of thing. I'd love to download it and have it next to me on the iPad either during the tutorial or whenever I feel like it like on the plane or train.

Red_Oddity
03-16-2012, 04:17 AM
Not using LW that much anymore, but nice work RebelHill, good to see some LW related tutorials, and on a very high quality tutorial site as well.

biliousfrog
03-16-2012, 04:43 AM
Agree, that thing is bit annoying and somewhat reminds the old days, but i suppose that is because cmi website is html5 which isn't really widely supported in most browsers, at least not all the fancy stuff, I'm using opera and it works just fine.

If a technology isn't widely supported then why use it on something aimed at a wide audience? html5 is good an' all but it still needs to work on all browsers otherwise we're back to the old days of Flash and Shockwave. Generally, if the web designer can't be bothered to accommodate the most basic selection of browsers then a user is unlikely to be bothered about downloading another browser to view the site.

Anyway, congrats NT, CMI and Craig, I hope that this is the start of something wonderful :)

50one
03-16-2012, 04:51 AM
If a technology isn't widely supported then why use it on something aimed at a wide audience? html5 is good an' all but it still needs to work on all browsers otherwise we're back to the old days of Flash and Shockwave. Generally, if the web designer can't be bothered to accommodate the most basic selection of browsers then a user is unlikely to be bothered about downloading another browser to view the site.

Anyway, congrats NT, CMI and Craig, I hope that this is the start of something wonderful :)

Well, true that, not sure if it's because they can, or it has to do something with the streaming tech they're using(secure algorithms or whatever..).

As I said I'm using opera. And no one will force me to change :) small flaw comparing to the videos they've got, I've got few of them in my library and they rocks.

Btw, there is a funny moment in one of their videos, won't tell you in which one, but guy navigates into his desktop and there is a zbrush keygen + crack in it lol.

Andrewstopheles
03-16-2012, 05:45 AM
thank you

aidenvfx
03-16-2012, 07:01 AM
If a technology isn't widely supported then why use it on something aimed at a wide audience? html5 is good an' all but it still needs to work on all browsers otherwise we're back to the old days of Flash and Shockwave. Generally, if the web designer can't be bothered to accommodate the most basic selection of browsers then a user is unlikely to be bothered about downloading another browser to view the site.

Anyway, congrats NT, CMI and Craig, I hope that this is the start of something wonderful :)

Because html5 is supported on IOS. I have a few cmi videos and they are very good. I am lookingx forward to see what else they put out for LW.

OnlineRender
03-16-2012, 07:04 AM
html5 is generally supported AND the way forward raise the issue with there system admins ... however talking about ie we had to write 3 rules for each browser because ie and firefox was a complete nightmare and decided not to play nice with the style sheets and atm chrome is number 2 and catching up quickly with ie ,ff has lost alot a ground over the last year ...


Browser Statistics Month by Month

2012 Internet Explorer Firefox Chrome Safari Opera
February 19.5 % 36.6 % 36.3 % 4.5 % 2.3 %

nikfaulkner
03-16-2012, 08:47 AM
just purchased. looking forward to watching at and glad to support craig :)

GraphXs
03-16-2012, 10:43 AM
Nice! Great video! Like the idea of using the bake mixed with the animated.

Would you use that trick to render the entire house and add to the cache if you had multiple shots through-out it(adding to the cache)? What about just texture baking the environment first to a UV? Would you ever just do that, I suppose that is just the same as using the cache, but you could use a 4K map.

Thanks!

MentalFish
03-16-2012, 01:46 PM
Schaaaweeet!

snookD
03-16-2012, 02:01 PM
Yep nice one.

jasonwestmas
03-16-2012, 02:22 PM
Thank you very much for this!

bobakabob
03-16-2012, 05:04 PM
If a technology isn't widely supported then why use it on something aimed at a wide audience? html5 is good an' all but it still needs to work on all browsers otherwise we're back to the old days of Flash and Shockwave. Generally, if the web designer can't be bothered to accommodate the most basic selection of browsers then a user is unlikely to be bothered about downloading another browser to view the site.

Anyway, congrats NT, CMI and Craig, I hope that this is the start of something wonderful :)

Agree absolutely, why give your audience hassle? Tutorials are far more accessible on a portable device like an iPad, not sitting bolt upright at a workstation. Very 90s. Please reconsider CMI. Nevertheless, looking forward to some good Lightwave inspiration even if a side effect is backache :)

Andy Meyer
03-16-2012, 05:09 PM
just purchased. i like the tutorial. but the image quality is not very good. i expected a high quality video with good audio quality too. many free tutorials have better quality...
the tut is good, but the stream is bad.

cmiVFX
03-16-2012, 06:40 PM
for those of you on the ipad or iphone, we have a beta ios app available: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cmivfx-mobile/id459666460?mt=8

there are some 'issues' with it still... so be nice. lol.

this community looks great. we are excited about the support shown in this thread to craig.

we have alot of excellent ground to cover with the new features in lightwave 11.

please feel free to email me if you have the knowledge and inclination to share some advanced info with this community.

cheers!

[email protected]

Surrealist.
03-16-2012, 07:49 PM
Thanks for the effort. The extra free vid was cool. Nice all around primmer on GI. Got some clarification on a few things that I had not fully understood before. Well done.
:thumbsup:

goakes
03-17-2012, 08:43 AM
Are their any assets with the tut. I have watched it, but would like to go through
again and this time render each step to better see the changes. I find I can't see
them through the stream.

Thanks for this excellent and very informative tutorial.

RebelHill
03-17-2012, 09:25 AM
odd though it may seem... I cant actually speak for how the process at cmi works, lol.

However the assets are, and should be available to you, vis your login there somehow... If its not obvious from clicking around, drop them an email, Im sure they'll point you right.

Glad you guys are liking the tuts. Re the quality issues mentioned, seems to be something with the encoding, I know the guys are looking into it.

cheers.

goakes
03-17-2012, 10:38 AM
Thanks. I'll do a deeper search a CMI.

Edit. They are there right under my mouses nose...............

cmiVFX
03-17-2012, 11:57 AM
Are their any assets with the tut.

the link is small. that will begin a download for the project files.

http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/6554/safariscreenie014.jpg

adk
03-19-2012, 04:48 PM
Congrats cmi & Craig & NT :thumbsup:

Only one suggestion ... more quality LW vids !
I would love to see Gerardo do some vids on his nodal comp magic.

Plus a comprehensive/advanced one on LW nodes in general. That would be really cool.

jasonwestmas
03-19-2012, 06:02 PM
Congrats cmi & Craig & NT :thumbsup:

Only one suggestion ... more quality LW vids !
I would love to see Gerardo do some vids on his nodal comp magic.

Plus a comprehensive/advanced one on LW nodes in general. That would be really cool.

Indeed, I just need visual examples to get me started with those pixel filter nodes. It always seems his examples are starting at a point that assume I know certain things that I don't. After all I didn't start off as a comp. artist, I started at the opposite end of the pipeline.

Samus
03-20-2012, 07:45 PM
Nice Tutorial...However Stuck with HTML5 ... Cannot watch in on my android for now. However this is quite a addition to my own experience of GI....
Eager to see more tutorial...and at this price it's a give away!!

Thanks CMI/RebelHill

Reco
03-21-2012, 03:00 AM
Thank you very much. I've been looking for a video like this for a long time.
I bought it yesterday and are happy so far. Are watching your youtube intro to global illumination as well.

Reco

erikals
03-21-2012, 07:50 AM
very good!

RH, consider uploading these "uncompressed" vidz for reference,
Bake_Trick
Lum_Geo
Main_Technique

cmiVFX
03-21-2012, 07:28 PM
very good!

RH, consider uploading these "uncompressed" vidz for reference,
Bake_Trick
Lum_Geo
Main_Technique

those are included with the project files. after purchase be sure to click the 'project files' link shown above.

erikals
03-22-2012, 12:29 AM
true, but it might be good to post these as a preview.

RebelHill
03-22-2012, 03:37 AM
Main technique and bake trick vids are the ones I posted in this thread...

http://forums.newtek.com/showthread.php?t=126034

bake trick on second page.

I spose theres no reason not to show off the lum geo one too, but apart from being a different circumstance, its not a demonstration of any different approach, and is ofc the main technique used again.

leroy3rd
03-22-2012, 11:57 AM
The streaming only, no download, makes this a no-go for me. :-( My internet is abysmally slow and unreliable, I want the videos available when I am, not when traffic to your video hosting is low and my internet decides to work well.

-LeRoy3rd

rcallicotte
03-22-2012, 01:17 PM
:agree:



Plus a comprehensive/advanced one on LW nodes in general. That would be really cool.

cmiVFX
03-22-2012, 05:42 PM
no download
-LeRoy3rd

it is a delayed, cached, download. Actually is not steamed.

Hit play and let you browser cache the vid.

Eventually, even with low bandwidth, the entire vid will cache into your browser.

;)

Netvudu
03-22-2012, 09:35 PM
Chris, I think that as long as people cant easily download videos you are going to catch some fire from them, and I do understand it.
Ive seen this happen in Houdini forums as well.

BUT...those who eventually taste how high the content quality of cmiVFX videos is, will probably stop complaining...I know it because that has been exactly my experience. Maybe Ive been lucky, but they rank among the best training Ive witnessed so far.

geo_n
03-22-2012, 10:46 PM
The streaming only, no download, makes this a no-go for me. :-( My internet is abysmally slow and unreliable, I want the videos available when I am, not when traffic to your video hosting is low and my internet decides to work well.

-LeRoy3rd

You can download it but not sure if its illegal or against cmivfx rules.
There's no video on the net that can't be downloaded by a plugin.

m.d.
03-22-2012, 10:52 PM
i remember somewhere seeing that they are ok with the downloading...hence the hidden noise algorithm....

geo_n
03-22-2012, 11:48 PM
i remember somewhere seeing that they are ok with the downloading...hence the hidden noise algorithm....

That's good to know. An official ok from cmivfx would be nice.

stiff paper
03-23-2012, 06:05 AM
That's good to know. An official ok from cmivfx would be nice.

I'm fairly certain that can never happen with any company that publishes anything.

So long as anybody that downloads a copy keeps it to themselves purely for their own use, everything will trundle along as normal and everybody will be happy, but all these companies have to reserve the ability to say "Making a copy is forbidden by the agreement you signed."

If you like, it's the current version of "Being sensible and fair" about these things. Like recording your vinyl to cassette in the 70s, nothing bad is going to happen as long as the users, in turn, are sensible and fair about it too.

Edit:
Also, as this topic has come up in this thread and been discussed, it might actually be that the cmiVFX representative can't even post on this thread any more, because that would be acknowledging what's been said.

RebelHill
03-23-2012, 06:46 AM
I'm fairly certain that can never happen with any company that publishes anything.

So long as anybody that downloads a copy keeps it to themselves purely for their own use, everything will trundle along as normal and everybody will be happy, but all these companies have to reserve the ability to say "Making a copy is forbidden by the agreement you signed."

Obv I cant comment for cmi or any such thing, and can only give my personal view... but I think in a case like this there can be something to be said for the "its only wrong if u get caught" doctrine.

Obv if one is a subscriber, and downloads the vids, then later goes off subscription, theres a case to be made against... but for single purchase items, anyone who downloads will never be caught having done so, unless they go uploading the vid for others as some torrent, or the like... in which case it can be traced by to them.

I think the personalised watermarking is a good thing to this end... Its essentialy the same security method i use for RHiggit... each copy is pre serialised by me for each user, if I find "stuff" breaching the lic, I can download it and tell whos copy it came from, it allows me both a protection mechanism thats able to target/identify and infringer far more efficiently, whilst giving honest users freedom from convoluted locks. And so whatever a given company can/will or cant/wont say... a customer who is honest to the spirit of the rights is safe from ever being found in the wrong.

stiff paper
03-23-2012, 08:24 AM
...a customer who is honest to the spirit of the rights is safe from ever being found in the wrong.

...In which RH gets to the heart of the matter with a single phrase where I stumbled around it like a clumsy farmer in knee-deep mud.

Cageman
03-23-2012, 10:59 AM
Purchased! :)

RH... check your PM... ;)